The place can disabled individuals simply journey? Survey names the highest cities
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The place can disabled individuals simply journey? Survey names the highest cities

The Worthwhile 500, a enterprise coalition, launched its record of the highest 10 most accessible cities on the planet. 

The report cited a survey carried out amongst 3,500 people with disabilities, who rated cities primarily based on “transport hyperlinks, proximity of lodging to points of interest, outlets, and eating places, and the provision of details about accessibility.”

The survey was carried out in August and September, and concerned members from 5 international locations — the U.Okay., United States, Japan, China and Australia. 

“Our analysis reveals that throughout each the private and non-private sectors within the journey and tourism business, these cities persistently rating effectively within the accessibility rankings,” stated Caroline Casey, the founding father of the Worthwhile 500. 

The place can disabled individuals simply journey? Survey names the highest cities

 “Nevertheless … accessibility preparations for individuals with disabilities stay an afterthought for the journey and tourism business — which is why we’re wanting into each facet of the business journey for individuals with disabilities within the analysis we’ve got commissioned.”

Martin Heng, a journey author who wrote the report, added: “Though bodily accessibility is vital, what’s so vital is that throughout all territories individuals with incapacity select journey suppliers primarily based on being handled with respect and understanding of their wants.”


Singapore (Singapore)

Singapore’s getting older inhabitants is “the principle impetus” for its accessibility, stated the report.

Town-state’s accessibility code contains mandates like making certain the protection and accessibility of escalators and elevators, and the availability of accessible bathrooms on the entrance degree of all buildings, it added.

Over 95% of pedestrian walkways, taxi stands and bus shelters in Singapore are additionally accessible to wheelchair customers, seniors or different people with disabilities. 

Shanghai (China)

As a lot of its improvement occurred in recent times, fashionable Shanghai’s pavements are in “good situation, with loads of curb cuts,” stated the report. Curb cuts are ramps connecting sidewalks to the road. 

Town additionally has the most important metro community on the planet, which is absolutely accessible to wheelchair customers. The survey discovered that 39% of respondents who selected Shanghai did so due to its accessible public transport.

The Pudong skyline in Shanghai.

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Tokyo (Japan) 

Whereas 74% of respondents selected Tokyo for its accessible transport, tactile floor floor indicators — which have been invented in Japan — are additionally “ubiquitous” within the metropolis, stated the report. 

Such indicators assist warn visually impaired pedestrians of hazards and assist navigation. 

“The primary streets are well-endowed with kerb cuts, and though smaller streets typically haven’t any pavement so wheelchair customers share the roads with vehicles, bicycles and different pedestrians, drivers are much more thoughtful than in different international locations,” it added. 

United States

Las Vegas

The “sheer quantity” of accessible resort rooms in Las Vegas makes town a stand-out selection for journey. 

“Some, just like the Bellagio, supply dozens of accessible rooms, some supply lots of – throughout all value brackets and room varieties, together with Las Vegas’ famed themed rooms and suites,” Heng wrote. 

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Such rooms have options equivalent to ceiling hoists, visible and vibrating alarms. 

The report discovered that casinos in Las Vegas even have educated personnel to help people with disabilities at gaming tables, and even place bets for individuals who want help.

New York 

New York Metropolis scored highest in offering enough data, which permits people with disabilities to “plan their journey and keep away from disappointment.”

“The official information to New York Metropolis has an accessibility web page that hosts in-depth articles on totally different features of accessibility within the metropolis, in addition to accessible guides to a few of its extra distinguished vacationer points of interest,” Heng stated. 

“There’s additionally a searchable, filterable database of 1,500 factors of curiosity – together with vacationer points of interest, museums, galleries, lodges and eating places – that offers primary accessibility data.”


Orlando is well-known for being house to iconic theme parks equivalent to Walt Disney World, SeaWorld and Common Studios Florida. 

Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.

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In line with the Worthwhile 500 report, all theme parks in Orlando present not simply bodily lodging, but in addition measures to keep away from queues.

Of those that chosen Orlando, 48% selected it for its vast number of accessible lodging, it added. 


Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Amsterdam’s benefit over different cities is its community of 400 kilometers of motorbike lanes, which wheelchair customers can use for “a clean trip” too, stated the report. 

“In some of the bike-friendly cities on the planet, it is even attainable to lease tailored bikes – together with ones that may incorporate a wheelchair,” it added. 

Virtually all the metropolis’s vacationer points of interest are accessible too, besides the Anne Frank Home and Rembrandt Home Museum. 

Amsterdam is without doubt one of the most bike-friendly cities on the planet, with an in depth community of motorbike lanes.

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Paris (France)

Paris is the host for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Video games, which has given it “additional impetus” to be extra accessible, stated the report. 

“Within the lead as much as the 2024 Video games, town is creating 15 accessible pilot districts round Olympic and Paralympic websites, enhancing entry to public areas, lodges, companies, outlets and so forth.” 

Entry to lots of the metropolis’s museums will not be solely free to individuals with disabilities, they’re able to soar queues as effectively, it added. 

London (UK)

London has displayed a “robust dedication” to accessible tourism, stated the Worthwhile 500, ever since a 2018 research which confirmed that it contributes greater than $17 billion to the tourism business. 

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“One of many most important outcomes … has been the publication of a wealth of all-important data wanted by disabled individuals to plan holidays and excursions,” it wrote.

Greater than half (57%) of survey respondents additionally selected London due to its accessible transport hyperlinks.



Like New York Metropolis, Sydney scores extremely on its provision of details about accessibility. 

House to the enduring Opera Home and Harbour Bridge, “the overwhelming majority” of Sydney’s points of interest are additionally wheelchair-accessible, stated the Worthwhile 500. 

All new and renovated buildings within the metropolis are additionally mandated by regulation to cater for wheelchair entry.